Hickmans Dewey on technology vol 1

Reading Larry Hickmans Putting Pragmatism (especially Devey’s) to Work. In the first chapter “Naturalizing Technology” Hickman establishes a two-by-two, that goes like this:

Activities involving tools:
Technological / Technical
(deliberate / habitual)

Activities not involving tools:
non-instrumental and somewhat cognitive / non-instrumental and non-cognitive
(deciding that mountain water is safe to drink / watching the sunset)

He also introduces two other conceptual approaches:
intra/extra organic tools and amount of physical space used in the activity (the latter to distinguish between a sculptors used of stone and chisel and a mathematicians use of pi and squareroot).

I ask myself: Could we reduce this “model” to insted be two dimensions: effort and physical space ?


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